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Channel 4 apologises over Big Fat Gypsy Weddings photo requests

The head of Channel 4 has apologised after it emerged an art director requested pictures of “a very young girl pretending to be a bride” and of a “dirty kiss... with tongue” for an advertising campaign for Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

Jewish Mum of the Year: Yet another TV programme which supports stereotypes

Why are there so many modern television programmes which don't even try to fairly represent particular groups?

Grant Shapps in Downing Street; Mr Shapps as 'Michael Green'

Company founded by Shapps faces probe

The company founded by the Conservative Party chairman, Grant Shapps, is to be investigated by the advertising watchdog after he was found to have been posing as a web guru named Michael Green to sell advice on the internet.

Grant Shapps in Downing Street; Mr Shapps as 'Michael Green'

Exclusive: Tory chairman rocked by 'get rich quick' probe

Advertising watchdog launches investigation into Grant Shapps' family business

Harvey Nichols ‘wet with excitement’ ad cleared

Harvey Nichols attracted several complaints when they ran an advert in June featuring a picture of a woman and a man with a wet groin, and the accompanying text “The Harvey Nichols sale. Try to contain your excitement.”

Sainsbury's ad campaign ruled misleading by ASA

Sainsbury's has been ordered to change its “brand match” campaign after the advertising watchdog found it was misleading consumers.

Harvey Nichols wet advert cleared

An ad for a Harvey Nichols sale has escaped censure despite attracting 105 complaints that it pictured people who had apparently wet themselves with excitement.

ASA clears RSPCA re-homing advert

An ad for the RSPCA's Home for Life service has been cleared following complaints that the charity omitted to mention that it euthanises some animals in its care.

Religiously offensive 'The Sofa Factory' advert banned

An advert for a furniture shop has been banned for distorting religious verses in a way that was likely to cause serious offence to the Sikh community.

Babyjabs.co.uk to remove MMR autism claim

A website offering parents advice on childhood immunisation has been ordered to remove information about the MMR vaccine after renewing claims that it could be linked to autism.

Paddy Power kidney advert cleared by ASA

A Paddy Power ad has been cleared following 27 complaints that it was offensive to kidney dialysis and transplant patients.

Weetabix energy claim is misleading, rules ASA

Weetabix has been ordered to amend its key “slow release energy” claim after it was ruled misleading by the advertising watchdog.

Lynx firm cleared over epidemic advert

An advert for Lynx deodorant in the style of a breaking news bulletin about a worldwide epidemic has been cleared following complaints that it was not immediately recognisable as a commercial.

Special K advert banned over calorie count

An advert for the breakfast cereal Special K has been banned after it was found to mislead women about the number of calories in a typical bowl.

Mothers beat fathers' group in ad dispute

Mothers won a victory over fathers yesterday in a dispute over whether the Mumsnet website promoted "anti-male" rhetoric which could foster hatred of men.

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